Lifesigns UK tour, which starts in Swindon on Friday! All going well, the band is sounding great and we’re introducing a few new tunes to the set. Hope some of you can make it along – full gig list below. Last weekend I recorded the guitar parts for a new 15 minute epic piece for the forthcoming Lifesigns album. The track is called ‘Altitude‘ and is sounding amazing. It won’t be included in the set as we’re still working on completing it and it will need a lot of rehearsal, but I hope it will be ready to be included in subsequent tours later in the year!

On tour with Lifesigns, Fernando Perdomo, Sally Minnear & Strawbs!

LIFESIGNS SPRING UK TOUR
MARCH 6th Fri 20:30  Level III, Swindon
MARCH 7th Sat 19:00 Acapela Studios, Cardiff (Pentyrch)
MARCH 8th Sun 19:00, The 1865, Southampton
MARCH 11th Wed 19:30, The Half Moon Putney, London
MARCH 13th Fri 19:00, The Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle
MARCH 14th Sat 19:00, The Brickmakers, Norwich
MARCH 15th Sun 19:30, Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea
MARCH 22nd Sun 12:00, Fusion Music Festival 2020
MARCH/APRIL 27th March – April 1st, Cruise to the Edge 2020
(Ticket links and further info here!!)

FERNANDO PERDOMO’S OUT TO SEA BAND
MARCH/APRIL 27th March – April 1st, Cruise to the Edge 2020

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR SUMMER 2020 UK TOUR
24th May Cliff Festival – Derbyshire (one hour set at 4pm)
6th June – Folkestone (private concert)
11th June Hartlepool St George’s, Park Road, Hartlepool  TS26 9HP 
13th June Leigh Christchurch, Pennington, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 4HT
14th June Halifax Engine Room, Dean Clough Mill
18th June Leicester – The Musician, Doors 8pm
25th June Burnley – Mechanics (Front Room)
26th June Leeds (Acoustic Nights @ The Barn), Sugar Well Road, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2QG
More Info: text 07946754599
27th June Sheffield – Lantern Theatre, 7.30pm tickets £16 from
28th June Stretham House Concerts (near Ely)
3rd July Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Sussex
4th July New Forest Folk Festival, (near Romsey, Hampshire)  
5th July The Old Rectory – Sutton Benger, (near Swindon/Bath) 
15th August Canterbury – St Gregory’s Centre for Music, Canterbury Christ Church University
*Tickets coming soon*

DAVE BAINBRIDGE (SOLO)
15th June The Royal Oak, Hampton, London
(Dave playing 1/2 hour set at the Jam Night – free entry!)

STRAWBS ELECTRIC BAND UK TOUR
(Further info here)
17th June Cheese & Grain, Frome
19th June Clarence Hall, Abergavenny, Wales
20th June Trading Boundaries, East Sussex
21st June Cambridge Rock Festival, Peterborough
22nd June Robin 2, Bilston
23rd June The Stables, Wavendon

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, another very exciting project I’ve been working on with Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia is a new Iona 30th Anniversary box set!! Actually this will be the first of several Iona box set releases and will be titled ‘The Book of Iona’ In the past few weeks I’ve been going through my extensive archive of Iona recordings, looking for things to include on the companion disk which will accompany each of the studio albums and I’ve discovered some amazing stuff! Previously unreleased songs, original demo tapes, alternate mixes, live recordings I’d completely forgotten about etc!! A real treasure trove for all Iona fans. I played some of these to Rob the other day and he was blown away by what I’d found – some real gems, including a recording from August 1989 of the very first time Joanne and I got together to record demos of some of her just written songs for the first album! It’s taking me a while to go through everything and choose what to include, but the recordings give an incredible insight into the background behind the band’s albums and working methods. Above is an illustration of how the box set will look. I saw a prototype of the box a few days ago and it looks really great – very substantial and classy – a real coffee table item! More on this soon and on the new Open Sky Records online store, which will be launching very soon!!

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